Did This Woman Predict The Future?

When Bulgarian mystic Baba Vanga declared the 44th US

President would be African American, people took her for a lunatic But then in 2009, fifteen years after her death, her prophecy came true when Barack Obama was sworn in, becoming the first black President of the United States But there was another part to her prediction She ended her prophecy with “He will be the last President”, leading many to worry that 2017 will signal the demise of American democracy Baba Vanga was born in 1911 to an impoverished family in former Yugoslavia

At the age of 12 she was blinded by a violent storm, which left her with a gift: the ability to have prophetic psychic visions Vanga’s predictions were so accurate that Bulgarian political leaders secretly kept her under surveillance They bugged her house, believing her revelations exposed state secrets Amazingly, in the decades since her death in 1996, many of her most unlikely and disturbing prophecies have come true In 1989 Baba Vanga predicted the Twin Towers attacks

Foreseeing that hijacked planes would be flown into the World Trade Centre twelve years later, she cried: “Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birdsinnocent blood will be gushing" Vanga predicted mass bloodshed in a “Great Muslim War”

Then, in 2011, a series of uprisings, anti-government protests and armed rebellions spread across the Middle East This instability has given rise to the radical Islamist group Daesh, which aims to establish a global Islamic caliphate According to Vanga, the “war” will only end when radical Islam has spread throughout Europe, with Rome as its capital When Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, it was widely cited by political leaders like French National Front chief Marine Le Pen as a “funeral” for the united continent This too had been predicted by Vanga, who proclaimed Europe would “cease to exist” in 2016

But it is Baba Vanga’s chilling predictions for 2017 that suggest a whole new set of world changing catastrophes On the 20th January 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States of America Many commentators, like Editor of the New Yorker David Remnick, argue that if Trump will change the country beyond recognition In the wake of Trump’s election, Remnick wrote it was “a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the constitution, and a … sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy” It is possible that Vanga prophesied this expected erosion of American political values

Vanga also said a spectacular economic crash would derail the fabric of American society Her claim is corroborated by many, including journalist Sean O’Grady He says, “The great dollar crisis of 2017 will be the final reckoning of the long boom and the era of financial irresponsibility” In yet more alarming predictions, she prophesied a second civil war between America’s North and the South She revealed “Everyone will put their hopes in him to end it, but the opposite will happen; he will bring the country down and conflicts between north and south states will escalate

" The 2016 Presidential election revealed huge geographical divisions, with the Republicans controlling every Southern state legislature for the first time since the civil war Vanga also predicted that China will overtake the United States to become the next superpower, and that the East will become more powerful than the West IMF figures show that China is now the world’s third largest economy and still growing, with an estimated worth of $114 trillion Yet, there is no scientific proof that Baba Vanga could predict the future

Indeed existing evidence shows overwhelmingly that real life prophecies are impossible An extensive study by University of Pennsylvania Professor Philip Tetlock found that even “highly skilled” forecasters are ultimately no more likely to predict the future than chimps randomly selecting outcomes For instance, political differences between the American North and South have existed since the country’s beginning Importantly, these are not the greatest ideological differences the country faces Recent data collected by Gallup found that the most Democratic states are concentrated in the East, while the most Republican states are concentrated further West

Many of Vanga’s bigger predictions did not come true She said there would be readily available cures to lethal diseases including cancer, HIV and AIDs by 2017 Together, these diseases still cause around 9 million deaths annually Furthermore, her predictions are open to interpretation Vanga delivered her prophecies metaphorically

Therefore, how we understand them comes down to how we choose to fit them around real world events This includes the 9/11 prophecy, which has been widely criticised for its ambiguity There is nothing to say the “steel birds” in her vision definitively refer to the hijacked planes On superpower politics, China is certainly a formidable player However, there is a general consensus in the political community that it still lags far behind the United States

Scholars like Stephen Brooks, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, note that until it becomes a lot more technologically sophisticated it stands no chance of overtaking the United States There is no hard evidence of Baba Vanga’s abilities, and many of her predictions have failed to realise However, her prophecies might encompass many of the most world-changing events of the last three decades In that case, there may be more truth in her prophecies, yet to be revealed

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